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- v. To obtain profit from an investment.
- v. To gain money or to gain materially.
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- v. make a profit; gain money or materially
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Anyway, the French may be trying to get rid of us, but in the meantime we're a market for their manufactured goods, so the Governor, the Marquis de la Fayette, he doesn't mind letting his people turn a profit from our trade as long as we're here.
If the ancient biographical tradition can be trusted, he had started out selling salted fish: the kind of petty retailer who, in Ciceros opinion, could turn a profit only by making a habit of lying.